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Man attempts to torch home

Courtney Astolfi • Jun 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

A Parkview Boulevard man is facing felony charges for allegedly trying to torch his home early Wednesday morning while his girlfriend and her children were inside.

Jason Hicks, 33, of the 2100 block of Parkview Blvd., was charged with attempted aggravated arson, a second-degree felony, and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.

Hicks called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, only giving dispatchers his address before hanging up the phone, according to a Sandusky police report.

When officers arrived, they found Hicks intoxicated. He denied calling emergency personnel, but later copped to it, the report said.

Faced with a drunken Hicks, officers asked his girlfriend—who had just arrived home— if she'd take responsibility for him.

When she refused, he was hauled off to the Erie County jail.

The woman later told police she believed that refusal is what prompted Hicks to return and try to set her home ablaze.

It was about four hours later, at 3:30 a.m., when Hicks returned home without his girlfriend's knowledge.

She and her three children, aged 7, 8 and 10, were asleep inside when the woman heard a loud crash and smelled an overwhelming odor of gasoline.

The woman dislodged a window air conditioning unit, as she'd heard the noise nearby, only to notice gas spill from the unit, through her window and onto a couch, the report said.

When she checked the front door, gasoline was also pooled on her porch.

A neighbor later said he saw Hicks sitting on the neighbor's own porch with an empty gas can.

Hicks allegedly asked the man for a cigarette and told him he was going to burn the woman's house down, the report said.

In response, the man told him not to do it and to get off his property.

Hicks then headed back towards his and the woman's home, but was gone by the time officers arrived.

They did collect the gas can he left behind as evidence, however, the report said.

Prosecutors authorized charges and Hicks was located at the home early Thursday morning.

Hicks told the arresting officers “he never did it and did not know how the charge could be for him,” the report said.

He was arrested and held at the Erie County jail on $65,000 bond.


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